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Coronavirus: when should you be tested even if you have been vaccinated?

The interministerial conference announced two new rules regarding covid screening. These rules will apply from next week.


Through Writing with Belga

Lhe interministerial conference (ICD) announced on August 25 that starting next week, all high-risk contacts, even those who are fully vaccinated, will have to take a PCR test on the first and seventh day. This announcement concerns travelers returning from a red zone located outside the European Union as well as people who have had a high-risk contact. When to be tested and under what conditions even if you are vaccinated?

In case of symptoms: cough, breathing difficulties, fever, body aches, fatigue, loss of taste / and or smell, stuffy nose, sore throat, diarrhea. Even people who have been vaccinated and have possible symptoms of covid should still be tested with a PCR test. Be careful with the different symptoms, however, because those of the delta variant are somewhat different.

If you’ve been in contact with someone who has covid. Quarantine begins from the last high-risk contact. It will therefore be necessary to pass a PCR test on the first and seventh day, even for vaccinated people. The following are considered to be high-risk contacts: people who have had face-to-face contact of at least fifteen minutes with a person positive for covid and this, at a distance of less than 1.5 meters without correct wearing of the mask (nose and mouth) by at least one of the two people. But also people who have traveled with a covid patient for more than 15 minutes within 3 seats of the infected person as well as people who have had direct physical contact with a patient having covid.

In terms of travel, it gets complicated

It is not necessary to be tested if travelers return from a green or orange zone.

For travelers returning from a red zone within the European Union, it is necessary to be tested for unvaccinated people. Vaccinated people are exempt from testing and quarantine.

People returning from the red zone outside the European Union, even if they are vaccinated, will have to be tested on the first and seventh day. Previously, it was necessary to get tested only on the first or second day after returning from travel.

In addition, the CIM has decided to donate around 400,000 additional doses of anticovid vaccines to countries outside the European Union in the coming weeks. In total, Belgium is thus donating around 1.7 million doses.

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